One month on the road and our days off!

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Our side yard with some of our new yard decorations

One month ago tomorrow, May 29th we pulled out of our driveway and headed out towards this new lifestyle of RV living full time.  We visited several states on our way up north and have been settling down in Minnesota for the last almost 3 weeks.  The bare trees up here have many leaves and flowers blooming now.  The beautiful lake ice has melted and fisherman are starting to venture out to do their thing!  The guests are starting to show up at the resort a few at a time.  In a week or so it will be full all the time.  Our work has changed from totally getting everything opened up from being closed down for the winter, to meeting and greeting the guests and making their experience here a special one.  It’s also a bitter sweet experience because as nice as this is and as much as we’re learning, we’re equally missing our family and friends back home.

Our days off work start on a Sunday which we requested so that we could go to church.  We went into International Falls to First Baptist Church this Sunday.  It was a very traditional, conservative Baptist church and I loved it.  They sang wonderful hymns and had an organ and a piano. The Pastors sermon was about Gideon from the book of Judges and I was very blessed by his message. The drive however was very long so we’re praying about which of the two church’s we’ve visited we’ll regularly attend.

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Wooden sign from the Gift Shop

After church we went shopping since we were in town.  I  bought two hanging plants some yard decorations and a blue metal thing to hang a plant on.  We can take everything with us wherever we go so we’ll have instant pretty garden.  We also bought food at the Country Market for the week and to host a dinner for our co-work campers on Tuesday evening.  On our way back from town we turned onto the road that brings you here which we’ve done several times before.  This time I noticed a big royrosieonfishsign that says Lake Kabetogama with a giant Walleye fish on top of it.  We passed it by, Roy stopped and said “I think you can sit on top of that fish” and backed up to it.  Well don’t you know you can, and I did.  You walk up a bunch of steps and there is this giant fish positioned to make it very difficult to get on.  Maybe not for a young person but for me it was, yet I did!  Another car pulled up and some ladies got out and one offered to take a picture of Roy and I up there.  I’m not sure that if they weren’t there I would have worked so hard to get up there and getting off, well that was another story.  Roy kept saying I can’t catch you honey, be careful!.  Well, you let two old coots loose and we’ll get into all sorts of things.  It was fun once I got up there and before I got down!  A little closer to the resort we stopped at a neat gift shop which we’d seen before but never passed by when it was open.  It’s a big log cabin with several rooms inside and a winding stairwell up to a show room on the second floor.  Kind of reminded me of Bayou Booksellers in downtown Hammond but with a more woodsy feel.  We bought a few things and saw several things we’d like to get in the future.  Found a precious pink dress for Madisyn with Lake Kabetogama embroidered on it.  Paw Paw picked out a matching bow to the complete the set.  We’re hopeful she and Chip can fly up here during the summer to visit and this is one shop she’ll love to browse through!

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These are the tomato plants that Roy got as a going away present at Southeastern. Madisyn and I planted the seeds and we’ve been tending them till now they were ready to be planted in the ground.

On Monday, our second day off, we slept late (I did, Roy went fishing early) and we planted our tomato plants that are now big enough to plant, decorated the yard with the things we purchased, prepared the food for community dinner tomorrow night and grilled hamburgers on the maiden voyage of our gas grill this evening!  They were delicious and we enjoyed eating outside under the awning in the cool evening air.  Our gas grill is a Weber Q 200 which we selected because of good reviews from other RV owners and how the stand and grill fold down into a small unit that can be stored under Dora really well.  I’ll let ya’ll know how we like it once it gets broken in good.  We went through the supplies in the maintenance garage looking for ideas of what to do with the Kid’s Quest children.  I found what I think will be the perfect thing to do.  A Scavenger Hunt!  They did one several years ago and left the instructions so I retyped them and made several changes to eliminate the kids going to people’s cabins and to match the things I have available to hide!  I’ve gathered the supplies and hopefully we’re ready for next Wednesday, our first time doing it.  I also found some paint, brushes, paper rolls, stamps and sheets of paper to make some art design with if it’s a rainy Wednesday.  After dinner we went out to the dock and both of us fished for a while.  Didn’t catch anything but we enjoyed the peacefulness of the waterfront and we enjoyed each others company!

white siberian tiger for front windshieldRoy’s on the phone right now with a company that makes sunscreens for Dora’s front window and he’s ordering one for us!  It will be used in place of closing the curtains since you can see out of it but no one can see into the RV.  I like the curtains open most of the time but it gives you no privacy and this will. We picked out a design that is the face of a White Siberian Tiger.  It’s silver and black with blue eyes and will go perfectly with Dora’s black, silver and grey sides and now Dora has blue eyes like me!  If you’d like to look into getting one for your RV, the company’s website is www.heritageartltd.com.  They have lots of designs and other purposes you can use these for, like hanging one from the end of a patio so it’s not just for RVers.  Our managers, Rick and Debbie, have one which is where we first saw it.  Theirs is a Bengal Tiger and no they are not LSU fans, they picked it because the colors match their RV.

I’m finishing up preparations for our dinner tonight so I’d better stop all this and get to that!  We go back to work tomorrow.

Ya’ll come back now ya’ year!

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3 thoughts on “One month on the road and our days off!

  1. I’m really enjoying your posts, Rosalyn! We hope to follow in your footsteps next year (full-time, or at least extended-time RVing), so thanks for sharing your experience. One of the first things we want to do when we land somewhere is find a church. I hope you’ll share more about your experiences in looking for a church. I know my wife will appreciate your comments about missing family and friends; that will be the hardest thing–especially for her.

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    1. Hey Ken, I did some online research into churchs in this area before we left home. We are Southern Baptist and there are none in Minnesota so my search was difficult. When I found FBC International Falls I wrote to their pastor and asked him about their beliefs because they weren’t posted on the web page. He wrote me a very nice email back explaining things and I was okay with it so we went to that church Sunday. it was very important to me not to go to a church that emphasized Calvinism so my research may have been overkill to others but it was necessary for me. We are missing family a lot and hearing their voices on the phones just bring it home even more. However the joy and the excitement we are feeling with each new day is something we haven’t felt at home in a long time. We wanted to do this before we got too old so we took early retirement. Still being young enough to do most things and then actually doing those things has been revitalizing. We do plan to stay in the gulf coast region this winter going from one Coast to Coast campground to another every two weeks (we have a membership so staying there is basically free) so it’s always possible to get back home and stay in “the area” without losing the freedom you get by staying on the road. Anyway, thanks for reading the blog. We learned so much from other blogs when we were just starting out that I hope others can learn from our goofs and blunders! Take care, Rosalyn

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